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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

A court in Sri Lanka freed the remaining three Tamil Nadu fishermen charged on poaching

Chennai, 12 January, ( Remaining three Indian fishermen who were arrested on charges of poaching in the Sri Lanka waters were released yesterday.

The Magistrate’s Court of Mallakam on 11th January 2008, released the remaining three Indian fishermen and their boats, apprehended for poaching in Sri Lankan waters, following the requests by the Government of India and the State Government of Tamil Nadu.

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai in a statement revealed that the three fishermen were among the 31 Tamil Nadu fishermen who were apprehended by the Sri Lanka Navy on 2nd January 2008 for poaching in a high security zone between Point Pedro and Kankesanturai seas. Of those arrested, 28 fishermen with their boats were released almost immediately and the Sri Lanka Navy on 3rd January 2008 repatriated them with their boats in coordination with the Indian Coast Guard.

Statement further added, that the three among those arrested, were produced before the Magistrate and were detained. Following the detention of the three Tamil Nadu fishermen, the Government of Sri Lanka received numerous requests from the State Government and fishermen associations requesting for their release on humanitarian basis.

In view of the forthcoming “Thai Pongal” and based on the long standing, warm and cordial relations shared between Sri Lanka and India, the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission made appropriate representations to the Government of Sri Lanka which resulted in the Government withdrawing the case and thereby paving the way for the release of the three fishermen.

As per practice, the fishermen would be handed over to the Indian High Commission in Colombo, which will arrange their repatriation to India in consultation with the Sri Lankan authorities.

- Asian Tribune -

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